After a 1-1 start to the week which saw the Pack get pounded 24-12 at Elon, but then bounce back for the 5-2 win at home vs Campbell, Wolfpack Baseball gets the ACC portion of its schedule kicked off this weekend when Clemson rolls into Raleigh for a three game set.
So, let’s have a look at ’em.
7-4 (0-0) – (2012: 35-28, 3rd ACC Atlantic)
The Tigers have struggled to score runs at times this season so far.Â They bat only .253 as a team and have averaged fewer than 5 runs per game this season, but don’t expect that to continue.Â They haven’t demonstrated much power thus far, but they do like to make things happen on the basepaths to manufacture runs and make the most of their opportunities.
Jr. 2B Steve Wilkerson (#17) leads the team in avg (.366) as well as stolen bases (5/5 att), and is second in RBI (8).Â Soph. 3B Jay Baum (#13), Sr CF Thomas Brittle (#4) and Jr. LF/DH Shane Kennedy (#11) are all also threats to run, each having swiped 3 bases on 5 attempts.Â Kennedy also leads the team in RBI (12).
Though not a basestealing threat, Soph. C Garrett Boulware (#30) hits at a .321 clip, and Frosh. RF Steven Duggar (#9) has proven himself useful for the Tigers batting order as well, hitting .316 with 4 doubles (1st on team) and 7RBI (3rd).
Not surprisingly, those six guys have scored the bulk of Clemson’s runs also (41/51) so keeping them off the bases would serve Wolfpack pitchers well.
Clemson might not have been an offensive juggernaut so far this season, but in most games they haven’t had to be.Â They’ve held opponents to 3.4 rpg and their staff ERA is a paltry 2.16 on the season.Â And the Pack’s big hitters better come prepared because opponents are batting only .228 against them.
The three starters the Pack is likely to face this weekend are at the top of the heap so far.Â Soph. RHP Daniel Gossett (#23) (1-1, ERA 1.00) is likely the man the Pack will face on Friday.Â Batters are hitting only .197 against him and he’s K’d 16 in his three starts.Â It gets no easier after that as Clemson’s likely Saturday and Sunday starters, Frosh. RHP Clate Schmidt (#32) (2-0, 1.32) and Sr. RHP Scott Firth (#20) (2-1, 0.86), both have been just as effective.
And the Tigers have a bullpen too, with six guys at an ERA of 3.86 or below; and with four of them, Soph. RHP Kyle Schnell (#40), Soph. RHP Clay Bates (#42), Frosh. LHP Zack Erwin (#33) and Sr. LHP Joseph Moorefield (#51), still having yet to give up an earned run so far this season in 12.2 combined innings.
Clemson is above average in the field with a .975 fld. pct, with only Wilkerson at second base having booted more than one ball this season (he’s muffed 3 in 52 chances for a fld. pct. of .942).
Games Schedule – Pitching Probables
- Friday, 3pm ** – LHP Carlos Rodon vs RHP Daniel Gossett
- Saturday, 4pm** – RHP Ethan Ogburn vs RHP Clate Schmidt
- Sunday, 1pm – LHP Brad Stone vs RHP Scott Firth
** Friday and Saturday game times moved up from original 6:30pm start.
All three weekend games are scheduled to be streamed live via ESPN3.
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